Volume 2, Issue 23
August 25, 2017
In This Issue
Sunday School Resumes
Special Presentation
This Week in Sunday School
Dick Schulz Service
Worship News
Newcomer Ministry
Retreat Photos
Ho'omalu August Collection
THIS SUNDAY
Upcoming Dates
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Every Wednesday
McMaster Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert
6:00PM -  Church

Every Thursday
Choir Practice
6:00PM - Choir Room

Sunday, August 27
Blessing of Sunday School Students and Teachers
9:30AM
All Saints' Gym

Sunday, August 27
Sunday School Resumes
9:30AM
Memorial Hall

Sunday, August 27
Heavenly Hike
11:45AM - Departure
Moloaa Bay

Sunday, August 27
Diocese Clergy Retreat
Dinner, Eucharist, and Open Session at All Saints'
Rectory & Gym

Tuesday, August 29
Developing Your 
Spiritual Senses
Presented by Sister BJ Brown
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, August 30
--Revised Date--
Vestry Meeting
6:00PM - Eucharist
6:30PM - Meeting
Rectory

Wednesday, September 6
Laundry Love (Team B)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Sunday, September 10
Ke Akua Youth Group Meeting
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Youth Room

Thursday, September 14
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Wednesday, September 20
Laundry Love (Team C)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Sunday, September 24
Heavenly Hike
11:45AM - Departure
TBD

Sunday, September 24
--Revised Date--
'Ohana Beach BBQ
4:00PM - 6:30PM
Lydgate Beach Park

Thursday, September 28
Daughters of the King
7:00PM
Memorial Hall

Friday, September 29
Movie Night on the Lawn
Sunset to 10:30PM
All Saints' Lawn

Wednesday, October 4
Laundry Love (Team A)
5:30PM - 8:30PM
Kapa'a Laundromat

Friday, October 6
Movie Night on the Lawn
Sunset to 10:30PM
All Saints' Lawn

Sunday, October 15
Holy Sovereigns Service
9:30AM
Church

Saturday, October 21
KISS Concert
6:00PM
Church

Sunday, November 5
All Saints' Day
Celebration and Special Aloha Hour Following
9:30AM
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SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
Sunday School resumes this Sunday, August 27th
 
We invite all of our Sunday School students and their families to join us for a special service Sunday, August 27th at 9:30AM. 

The service will feature a special blessing of Sunday School students and the Commissioning of Sunday School teachers. We invite all teachers and keiki to participate in the blessing and commissioning by coming forward following the Collect for Purity. During the singing of He's Got the Whole World in His Hand, students and this Sunday's teachers will process to Memorial Hall to begin Sunday School.The keiki and teachers will rejoin the congregation for the celebration of Holy Eucharist.

To learn more about our Sunday School Program at All Saints', click here. Also, each issue of The Epistle features a section called "This Week in Sunday School." The section highlights the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."
SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND EDUCATION

August 29th: Developing Your Spiritual Senses

On Tuesday, August 29th, 6:30PM - 8:30PM, Sister Barbara Jean (BJ) Brown will  be giving a special presentation at All Saints' in Memorial Hall entitled, "Developing Your Spiritual Senses." Sister BJ Brown is on Kaua'i this weekend to facilitate the Clergy Retreat for the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai'i. The event is free and is open to everyone--please share the information with your non-All Saints' friends and colleagues. 

About the Program
This experiential presentation will look at ways in which we can better listen for the movement of the Spirit within our lives, by becoming more aware of and open to our own spiritual discernment.  "Open the eyes of my heart, Lord" is a song that speaks to the ability of becoming more receptive to God in the world around us. We can "Taste and See" that the Lord is good. We can listen for the Still Small Voice and we can also learn to feel the Spirit holding us in a loving embrace.

About Sister Barbara Jean Brown
Sister BJ, as she is known, is the co-founder of an Episcopal religious community called Anamchara Fellowship. She attends St. James Episcopal Church, Millcreek, in Wilmington, DE.  She is also the Executive Director of the Interfaith Resource Center, a lending library serving all of Delaware and Eastern Shore, Maryland.  She holds a BS in Theology from Marian College, Fond du Lac, WI and a Masters diploma in Celtic Christianity from The University of Wales, Lampeter, Wales.
 
Sister BJ has been an Episcopal Religious for 43 years.  Her ministry over these years has ranged from parish and diocesan ministry for Children and Youth; being a retreat and conference leader; as well as being a traveling preacher/teacher and a spiritual director. She is the proud author of a book on the Christian Mystical tradition, called Convents, Jails and Other Tales, as well as a book that can be used for Lenten study called Six Smooth Stones. Her favorite ministry among all of these things has been leading pilgrimage groups to the UK and Ireland.
THIS WEEK IN SUNDAY SCHOOL
Each week, The Epistle will highlight the upcoming Sunday School lesson from "Weaving God's Promises."

August 27th: Abraham and Sarah Receive God's Promise

Abraham and Sarah are asked by God to cut themselves off from their entire past in order to follow God. The Bible says nothing about Abraham's feelings about this call, only that "Abram went." We of course know nothing about how Sarah might have reacted to this seemingly arbitrary change in their lives. However, we can imagine that the leaving must have been hard. 

A call or demand from God can be difficult. But God will provide for us, God's people, just as God provided for Abraham, Sarah and their family. We remember the lesson learned from our story of salvation (in Weaving Our Faith, Year 1): God stays with us, no matter what.

Abraham and Sarah's trust, faith and obedience to God show us how to listen for God and obey, even when the call is difficult. The blessing we receive is closeness with God and knowing that following God's ways of love and righteousness will be a blessing to others, even if we do not see it.
SERVICE REMINDER
Richard "Dick" Henry Schulz

A celebration of life will be held for Dick Schulz at All Saints' on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at 10:00AM in the All Saints' Gym.

Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. May our brother, Dick, rest in peace. Amen.
WORSHIP NEWS

New approach to announcements @ 9:30AM

Both our observations and feedback say that the placement of announcements in the middle of our worship experience can be disruptive-it sometimes feels  like a liturgical halftime. 

Therefore, while we are worshipping in the Gym, we want to experiment with beginning our 9:30AM service with a brief announcement period. Announcements will be shared by the Rector or a member of the Vestry just prior to the Processional Hymn. We are also going to try to shorten the number of announcements. Almost all of the announcements are also printed in Sunday's G old Sheet and The Epistle

We strongly encourage our 'Ohana to read and take home the Gold Sheet and sign-up to receive our e-news publication , The Epistle . Birthday and Anniversary Prayers will continue to follow the Peace.
NEWCOMER MINISTRY

How we welcome visitors at All Saints'

Some visitors don't mind standing up and introducing themselves to a new congregation. Other visitors cringe at the idea of introducing themselves to a room/church full of strangers. The prevailing research-based evidence in Hospitality/Newcomer Ministries strongly supports Church's discontinuing the practice of "having visitors introduce themselves." 

Our recent temporary move to the Gym has exacerbated the issue at All Saints'. Due to the Gym's acoustics, it is very difficult to hear people speaking from the congregation. Given the situation in the gym and the Vestry's ongoing conversation and work around strengthening our Newcomer Ministry, we are going to temporarily suspend our practice at the 9:30AM service of asking visitors to introduce themselves. 

Thus, as an 'Ohana, we will want and need to make an extra effort to extend our aloha and welcome to our visitors. Please make it a personal goal to introduce yourself to our visitors (before the service, during the exchange of the peace, and/or after the service). Welcoming others with love and hospitality into the Body of Christ is both a blessing and a duty shared by all Christians. 
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Photos from the retreat last weekend
 







 
HALE HO'OMALU COLLECTION
September collection
 
This month's special collection for Hale Ho'omalu, a family service center located 1/2 block away from All Saints', is baby products (Baby Lotion, Shampoo, Wash Cloths, Baby Wipes, Baby Wash)

Hale Ho'omalu also needs and appreciates monetary donations as well as gifts-in-kind items. Every Sunday, all gift-in-kind donations can be left in the red wagon at the Church's entrance.
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Submissions for consideration are due by Wednesday at noon and can be sent to ryan@allsaintskauai.org.